Elton John ‎– Elton John 

This self-titled LP was the first album to launch Elton into the spotlight, with a tracklist including "Your Song" and "Take Me To The Pilot."

Empty Sky was followed by Elton John, a more focused and realized record that deservedly became his first hit. John and Bernie Taupin's songwriting had become more immediate and successful; in particular, John's music had become sharper and more diverse, rescuing Taupin's frequently nebulous lyrics. "Take Me to the Pilot" might not make much sense lyrically, but John had the good sense to ground its willfully cryptic words with a catchy blues-based melody. Next to the increased sense of songcraft, the most noticeable change on Elton John is the addition of Paul Buckmaster's grandiose string arrangements. Buckmaster's orchestrations are never subtle, but they never overwhelm the vocalist, nor do they make the songs schmaltzy. Instead, they fit the ambitions of John and Taupin, as the instant standard "Your Song" illustrates. Even with the strings and choirs that dominate the sound of the album, John manages to rock out on a fair share of the record. Though there are a couple of underdeveloped songs, Elton John remains one of his best records.  4.5 Stars - S.T. Erlewine allmusic.com

Tracklist 

A1 Your Song
A2 I Need You To Turn To
A3 Take Me To The Pilot
A4 No Shoe Strings On Louise  
A5 First Episode At Hienton
B1 Sixty Years On
B2 Border Song
B3 The Greatest Discovery
B4 The Cage
B5 The King Must Die

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